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6/27/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Woodridge BOE hears from food service consultant

PENINSULA — During the June 18 Woodridge Local School District Board of Education (BOE) meeting, members heard from a consultant about services to help the district improve its food service.

Treasurer Deanna Levenger said the consultant has been hired to help the district improve its efficiency, as well as navigate the number of federal guidelines in effect for the school district’s food programs.

The board also renewed its contact with Akron Children’s Hospital for school nurse services, Levenger said, and contracts for physical therapy services with various providers.

Also, the board approved a renewal of the district’s liability insurance with the Ohio School Plan, Levenger said, at a cost of $63,100 for the year.

The board also approved:

  • a few dozen supplemental contracts for advisers and coaches for the 2013-14 school year;
  • the list of graduating seniors for the 2012-13 school year; and
  • student fees for the 2013-14 school year for students at the primary, intermediate, middle and high schools.

The board’s next meeting will be tomorrow, June 28, at 7 a.m. in the district’s administration offices to wrap up the fiscal year, Levenger said. The next regular meeting is set for July 16 at 6 p.m. at the administration offices, 4411 Quick Road.


SCCS offers free renewal training

SOUTH AKRON — Summit County Children Services (SCCS) is offering child care employees a free, three-hour renewal training on the topic of “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” July 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the agency headquarters building, 264 S. Arlington St.

This training, conducted by SCCS Community Educator Lisa Hamilton-Green, LSW, is specifically designed to meet the requirements for all child care employees, child care centers and type A homes. Topics covered in the trainings will include: an overview of SCCS, indicators of child abuse and neglect, mandated reporting, prevention of child abuse and community supports that are available.

Space is limited, and registration is required. More information and online registration is available by visiting the agency’s website at www.summitkids.org and clicking on the links located in the story titled “July 22 Child Abuse and Neglect Training for Daycare Professionals.” Those interested also can contact Hamilton-Green directly by calling 330-379-2090 or by email at lgreen@summitkids.org.


Local students enter teaching fellowship program

COLUMBUS — On May 28, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Department of Education and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation jointly announced the 2013 Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellows in an event at the Ohio Statehouse.

These teacher candidates, who come from around the state, will prepare to teach math and science in high-need Ohio schools.

The Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship recruits accomplished career changers and outstanding recent college graduates in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (the STEMM fields). The 2013 fellows are the third class of new teacher candidates to be prepared through the program since the fellowship was launched in Ohio in 2010.

Each fellow will receive a $30,000 stipend while completing an intensive master’s-level teacher education program at one of seven participating Ohio universities. These institutions have redesigned teacher preparation to give teacher candidates a full year of preparation in local classrooms, as well as specific teaching approaches for the STEMM fields.

After their preparation, fellows commit to teach for at least three years in a high-need Ohio school, with ongoing support and mentoring. These new fellows will be ready to enter their own classrooms in fall 2014.

Fellows from the West Side Leader’s coverage area include:

  • Christina Friedl, of Akron, will attend The University of Akron (UA). She graduated from UA in 2009 with an undergraduate degree in biology and in 2012 with a master’s degree in biology.
  • Cherise Johnson, of Akron, will attend John Carroll University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Roosevelt University in 2013.
  • Georgia Kouvas-Lilly, of Akron, will attend UA. She earned an undergraduate degree in biology in 2008 from UA.
  • Christopher Kuzas, of Cuyahoga Falls, will attend UA. He earned an undergraduate degree from UA in mathematics in 2011.
  • Jessica York, of Akron, will attend UA. She earned an undergraduate degree from UA in biology in 2011.
  • Matthew York, of Akron, will attend UA. He earned an undergraduate degree in biology in 2008 from UA.

“These students represent the best and brightest teachers in Ohio, and are reflective of the advances that Ohio is making in the STEMM fields,” Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey stated in a press release. “Their efforts as Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows will impact not only their own futures, but also the futures of thousands of students in our high-need schools.”

The program is made possible with federal Race to the Top funds, as well as commitments from six Ohio funders, including The Cleveland Foundation, George Gund Foundation, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, GAR Foundation, Battelle Memorial Institute and The Battelle Fund at the Columbus Foundation, plus matching funds provided by the campuses. Additional support for the program came from the state’s Choose Ohio First program.

For more information on the fellowship, visit www.ohiohighered.org/woodrow.


Kathleen Folkerth and Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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